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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program overview

Find your pathway to nursing leadership.

You have the passion and commitment it takes to be a great nurse.
Now, gain the cutting-edge expertise you need to thrive in more advanced roles and face the challenges of modern health care head-on.

You have the passion and commitment it takes to be a great nurse.
Now, gain the cutting-edge expertise you need to thrive in more advanced roles and face the challenges of modern health care head-on.

Quick Facts


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Accessible, Flexible and Customizable

Unlike many other MSN programs, the Master of Science in Nursing from Sacred Heart University doesn’t require a BSN to apply. Get your studies started faster by choosing between six start dates, and tailor your degree to your career with specializations in nursing education, leadership and management, and clinical nursing.

As a busy working nurse, you’ll benefit from the 24/7 flexibility and support of our asynchronous online curriculum. Study on your schedule, not ours.

In addition, we’ll help you create a curriculum map that shapes your program to fit your life. You can complete the MSN at your own pace, taking as long as six years or as few as two years to graduate.

Career Outlook

Earning your MSN opens the door to a wide range of new opportunities, including educational, leadership and administrative positions.

Advanced practice nurses earned a median annual wage of $113,930 in 2018, with top-paying employers including educational institutions, doctor’s offices, and state, local and private hospitals.1

Overall, leading nursing positions are projected to grow 28 percent through 2028 — more than five times the national average.1

“Completing my MSN at SHU was a wonderful experience. Everyone I encountered was all very helpful and supportive, beginning with the admissions team, to tech support, to the professors. I couldn’t ask for a better learning experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue their degree online.”

– Patricia F., Somerset, Mass., Master of Science in Nursing

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Curriculum: No Residency Required

In the MSN curriculum’s four core courses, you will explore topics such as health care policy and ethics, the principles of health care research, and the underlying theories of contemporary nursing.

Customize your degree with a specialization made up of 8 to 9 courses. Each specialization concludes with a practicum you can complete near you — or internationally through our global programs initiative.


Program Outcomes: Excel in Today’s Diverse Health Care Community

You will complete Sacred Heart’s Master of Science in Nursing ready to:

Find Your Nursing Specialty

Set yourself apart from other nurses with an MSN specialization. Whether you want to advance your bedside skills, educate the next generation or become a leader of other nurses, we have a specialization that suits you.

MSN: Nursing Education Specialization

Complement your clinical experience with teaching skills and learn to design curricula, evaluate your students and step into the role of instructor.

MSN: Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization

Discover how to manage a budget, create and implement administrative processes, make certain your procedures meet professional and ethical standards, and more.

MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization

Advocate for superior patient care and lead a team of integrated health care professionals, including social workers, pharmacists, physicians and fellow nurses.

You may also be interested in our Family Nurse Practitioner program, which prepares you to provide primary care to all ages.

Admission Requirements

To apply to the Master of Science in Nursing, you need:

No GRE score is required for this program, and you can transfer in up to 12 credits from master’s-level courses.


Tuition Details

This 36–39 credit hour program costs $695 per credit hour, for an estimated tuition of $25,020–$27,105.

That’s less than the average Master of Science in Nursing program2 and that’s why ours was ranked 2018’s No. 14 Best Value Online MSN Program by Value Colleges.

Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.


Faculty: Award-Winning, Doctor-Prepared Nurses

In the MSN program, you will work directly with our doctorally prepared faculty. They have years of experience in their nursing specialties, extensive scholarly credentials, and cutting-edge knowledge from the field.

These award-winning professors are available to support you as you take the next step in your nursing journey.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.


Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Our students are mainly registered nurses who are working full-time and returning to school to get their master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership.

Our MSN students seek a regional and nursing accredited program and the flexibility to take courses online at convenient times. Located throughout the Northeast region and the entire U.S., students’ geographic diversity helps provide a rich learning experience thanks to the varying perspectives offered during discussions.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty have years of clinical experience and in many cases, they have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

You can apply right now. Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Some of the requirements for this program include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, or BA/BS in a related field and an unencumbered RN license from your state of practice.

Visit our MSN Admissions page for a complete list of requirements.

You can complete the MSN program at your own pace, taking as few as 2 years or as long as 6 years to graduate.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from
  2. (n.d.). The 16 Best Affordable RN to MSN Online Programs. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from